Friday, January 23, 2015

American Civil War exhibit at the National Library of Scotland

Deed of sale of slave-woman and child, Edgecombe County,
North Carolina, 1829. [NLS shelfmark: H.S.632 (3)]
Yankee cries and Rebel yells is an exhibit on the American Civil War drawn from the collections of the National Library of Scotland, in Edinburgh. The exhibit runs from January 21 to March 22, 2015. A number of items can be viewed on-line. Check it out here

Regarding the document above, the NLS site reads: "This document states that planter Theophilus Parker, having sucessfully bid $278, owns Lettice, and her child Whinny. Children born into slavery often were separated from their mothers. While it is recorded that Parker's sons entered the Confederate States Army, the fate of Lettice and Whinny is unknown."

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

the Rebel Yell

Civil War Veterans Come Alive in Audio and Video Recordings
Deep in the collections of the Library of Congress are ghostly images and voices of Union and Confederate soldiers
Read the full Smithsonian article here

Friday, December 26, 2014

Largest mass execution in U.S. history — December 26

December 26, 1862 — Mankato, Minnesota (Library of Congress)
From This American Life. . .
Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged after a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 [now 152] years ago, and why Minnesotans didn’t talk about it much after. Listen to the full episode here: #479: Little War on the Prairie

Monday, December 22, 2014

Real Housewives of Gettysburg

Hat tip to Dana Shoaf, and to The Gettysburg Compiler.
Meg Sutter ’16 and Megan McNish ’16 report from Gettysburg College’s Special Collections in Musselman Library. In this episode, they present a Civil War housewife used by Lewis W. Tway of the 147th New York.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hard times in the Cradle of Secession. . .

The Keeping Room debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival three months ago. It is "a film that tells the story of 3 Southern women (2 of them sisters, and the third, their long-silent family slave) who are forced to defend their home in the last days of the war, against a large group of soldiers who have broken off from the Union Army."

Read a review by Zeba Blay here

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Horwitz on Sand Creek: 150 years ago

The Horrific Sand Creek Massacre Will Be Forgotten No More
The opening of a national historic site in Colorado helps restore to public memory one of the worst atrocities ever perpetrated on Native Americans.
Read it at

Also on this date, 150 years ago:
The Madden Creek Massacre
The incident served as an example of Sherman’s maxim that “War is Hell” and typified the ugly and almost forgotten war-within-a-war that sprang up in the mountainous regions of the South.
Read the full essay on the Emerging Civil War blog

Monday, November 24, 2014

American Civil War. . . some recent news items

Children of Civil War Veterans Still Walk Among Us
150 Years After the War — To their living sons and daughters, the soldiers in blue and gray are flesh and blood, not distant figures in history books.

Medal Of Honor
For American
Civil War Hero

A distant cousin of Union Army Lt Alonzo H Cushing pushed Congress to see the military honour bestowed on her ancestor.

Virginia couple
find Civil War
graffiti in home

If walls could talk. . .

Historians and Preservation Groups Announce Landmark National Campaign to Save Revolutionary War Battlefields
Dubbed 'Campaign of 1776,' new initiative led by Civil War Trust will focus on preservation and interpretation of the hallowed battlefields where a young America was forged

Texas Tech Edition

After 50 years, Gettysburg's
Soldiers National Museum to Shut its Doors

After Five Decades of Showcasing Civil War History, the Famous Soldiers National Museum will Hold an Auction for its Wartime Relics

McAuliffe accepts Sailor’s Creek, High Bridge land from
Civil War Trust

Sunken treasure: Civil War-era perfume resurrected for
modern senses

Hawaii soldier who fought in the Civil War
finally honored

Recognition comes 137 years later

Civil War soldiers identified,
names added to memorial

350 soldiers previously unknown
have been identified